The American Way


Out November 4th. Available to pre-order now!

Please note: this is the hardback edition.

One of The Irish Times' 75 books to watch out for in 2021.

Following the US’s bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the scenes of chaos at Kabul Airport, we could be forgiven for thinking we’re experiencing an ‘end of empire’ moment, that the US is entering a new, less belligerent era in its foreign policy, and that its tenure as self-appointed ‘global policeman’ is coming to an end.

Before we get our hopes up though, it’s wise to remember exactly what this policeman has done, for the world, and ask whether it’s likely to change its behaviour after any one setback. After 75 years of war, occupation, and political interference – installing dictators, undermining local political movements, torturing enemies, and assisting in the arrest of opposition leaders (from Öcalan to Mandela) – the US military-industrial complex doesn’t seem to know how to stop.

This anthology explores the human cost of these many interventions onto foreign soil, with stories by writers from that soil – covering everything from torture in Abu Ghraib, to coups and counterrevolutionary wars in Latin America, to all-out invasions in the Middle and Far East. Alongside testimonies from expert historians and ground-breaking journalists, these stories present a history that too many of us in the West simply pretend never happened.

Afterwords by: Olmo Golz, Emmanuel Gerard, Felix Julio Alfonso Lopez, David Harper, Ertugrul Kurkcu, Francisco Dominguez, Maurizio Dianese, Julio Barrios Zardetto, Brian Meeks, Victor Figueroa Clark, Raymond Bonner, Daniel Kovalik, Meral Cicek, Ian Shaw, Matteo Capasso, Neil Faulkner, Xuan Phuong, Iyad S. S. Abujaber, James Sanders & Chris Hedges.

Translated by: Orsola Casagrande, Mustafa Gundogdu, Sawad Hussain, Jonathan Wright, Basma Ghalayini, Nicholas Glastonbury, Sara Khalili, J. Bret Maney, Adam Feinstein, and Megan McDowell. 

Part of our History-into-Fiction series.

Join us for the virtual launch event with Housmans Bookshop on 26th October. 


As featured in The Bookseller.

"I strongly recommend this book." – Counterpunch Magazine

"There are some books that are absolutely impossible not to admire, and The American Way is one of them." – Dawn


"Challenging, engaging, and at times deeply unsettling" – The Irish Times


"An innovative fictional exploration of some of the well-known and lesser-known episodes of US aggression around the world." - Andrew Blackman


Read an excerpt from 'The Lumumba Business' by Fiston Mwanza Mujila at The Johannesburg Review of Books


Read David Harper on his afterword to Paige Cooper's story in The Psychologist.


Read contributor Carol Zardetto on the history of violence against women in Guatemala and the USA's complicity for The Comma Press Blog.


Watch the online launch of The American Way with Bina Shah and Fariba Nawa at Housmans Bookshop's YouTube channel


Co-editor Ra Page said: "One of the memes that circulated round the Arab world when Biden was declared the winner of the US election in November was a cartoon of people cheering at a US drone dropping bombs on them, with the caption 'At least we're being bombed by a diverse, politically correct administration!' As America struggles to return to some level of political normality, now is a good moment to remind ourselves what 'normality' has meant for so many decades, to countries the US didn't look kindly on.

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4 Nov 2021